That’s a quote from an expert who studied this topic. It’s not my ideology or anyone else’s. It’s what the facts convey.

Innocent until proven guilty is a legal construct that is only relevant in a courtroom pertaining to who has the burden of proof. It has no bearing on what we believe about people based on their actions

It does not literally mean that we think people who are standing trial are considered innocent, and it’s misleading to continue to bandy that phrase around as if it did. We also are not out of line to accuse or suspect someone when given probable cause to do so. When a crime is reported, we believe the accuser until such time as further investigation reveals that we should not believe them. And then we proceed accordingly.

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